Boys Roundup: Ferndale Loses, Lummi Wins, Both To State

The Ferndale boys basketball team couldn’t quite hit the shot for a fairy tale ending as the Golden Eagles lost to Mountlake Terrace in the final seconds of their Class 3A District 1 championship game, 58-53, on Saturday, Feb. 19.

But wait! Ferndale’s Cinderella story isn’t over yet as the Golden Eagles have already qualified for the state regionals, which will be played on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26.

The Lummi Nation boys won their Class 1B District 1/2/3 consolation final on Saturday, beating Crosspoint, 68-61, to claim third place in the tri-district tournament.

Like the Golden Eagles, the Blackhawks had already qualified for their state regionals and will await the pairings and sites, which are expected to be announced Sunday afternoon.

Depending on their RPI state rankings and the regional results, Ferndale will be shooting for a spot in the Class 3A state tournament in the Tacoma Dome and Lummi Nation will be gunning for a return to the Class 1B state tournament in Spokane.

The state tournaments for all the classifications run from March 2 through 5.

Here’s a look at Saturday’s action:

3A: Ferndale Falls In District Final To Mountlake Terrace

The hot shooting that had sparked Ferndale to two upsets and three victories in the Class 3A District 1 tournament failed the Golden Eagles in the title game as they lost to a physical Mountlake Terrace squad, 58-53, at Everett Community College.

Still, they had a chance with 10 seconds left to tie the game and send it into overtime, but missed a 3-pointer. A foul and two Hawks’ free throws with one second left accounted for the final margin.

“It was a very physical game,” said Ferndale coach Jason Owens. “I’m proud of our guys. They played hard and went toe-to-toe physically with them. But the shots weren’t falling tonight like in the other three games.”

 The coach and the Ferndale fans should be proud of this squad. The Golden Eagles came into the district tournament as the seventh seed with a losing record and leaves with a state berth, only the fourth in the school’s history.

Leading the way Saturday for the Golden Eagles (11-11) on Saturday was senior Mark Schlichting, who had 21 points and five 3-pointers. Senior Jazen Guillory added 18 points, and junior Damian Toney had 6 points.

Ferndale will join district champion Mountlake Terrace (16-2), and Arlington and Shorecrest, which finished tied for third, as the district’s four state qualifiers.

Mountlake Terrace 58, Ferndale 53

Ferndale                        12         15        14        11—53

Mountlake Terrace        14         14        13        18—58

Ferndale: Mark Schlichting 21, Conner Walcker 3, Jazen Guillory 18, Luke Wells 5,  Damian Toney 6, Jewelz Terry.

Mountlake Terrace: Tigran Mkrtchyan 6, Jaxon Dubiel 6, Vito Mkrtychyan 21, Adison Mattix 2, Zaveon Jones 12, Don Brown 11.


Tuesday, Feb. 8

First round

#9 Cascade (Everett) 65, Lynnwood 53 (loser out)

#10 Edmonds-Woodway 58, #15 Snohomish 57 (loser out)

#11 Marysville-Getchell 62, #14 Shorewood 42 (loser out)

#13 Monroe 71, #12 Oak Harbor 62 (loser out)

#1 Arlington 65, #8 Marysville-Pilchuck 53

#7 Ferndale 72, #2 Shorecrest 63

#3 Stanwood 66, #6 Everett 49

#4 Mountlake Terrace 61, #5 Mount Vernon 55

Thursday, Feb. 10

Second round

Everett 73, Marysville-Getchell 57 (loser out)

Shorecrest 73, Edmonds-Woodway 27 (loser out)

Mount Vernon 58, Monroe 51 (loser out)

Cascade (Everett) 64, Marysville-Pilchuck 63 (loser out)

Saturday, Feb. 12


Mountlake Terrace 71, Everett 55

Arlington 70, Shorecrest 57

Stanwood 60, Mount Vernon 48

Ferndale 73, Cascade (Everett) 51

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Shorecrest 71, Everett 53 (loser out)

Cascade (Everett) 68, Mount Vernon 56 (loser out)

At Everett Community College

Ferndale 72, Stanwood 65

Mountlake Terrace 51, Arlington 46


Saturday, Feb. 19

Arlington 70, Cascade (Everett) 54 (winner third, to state regionals, loser out)

Shorecrest 59, Stanwood 56 (winner third, to state regionals, loser out)

Mountlake Terrace 58, Ferndale 53 (winner first, loser second, both to state regionals)


Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26


At Tacoma Dome

Wednesday-Saturday, March 2-5

1B: Lummi Nation Beats Crosspoint, Takes Third

Two days after having its 14-game winning streak broken in the semifinals, Lummi Nation started a new one by knocking off top-seed Crosspoint, 68-61, in the Class 1B District 1/2/3 consolation final on Saturday.

The second-seeded Blackhawks (15-2) held the Warriors from Bremerton to only four first-quarter points and kept the lead the rest of the way. 

“It was a good game against a tough Crosspoint team,” said Lummi Nation coach Jerome Toby. “Our defense showed up tonight.”

Crosspoint showed why they were the top seed by scoring 20 points in each of the final two quarters, but the Blackhawks were up to the task. With Duncan Toby scoring 11 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, the Blackhawks scored 37 points themselves in the second half to hold on to the lead the whole way.

Toby also had 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Senior Tyran Lane added 14 points, 18 rebounds, and 4 blocks for Lummi Nation; junior Richard Wilson had 12 points and 5 rebounds; sophomore Tobias Francis had 10 points; and eighth-grader Jerome Toby Jr. had 7 points and 4 rebounds.

The Blackhawks will be making their 10th state appearance in the past 14 seasons.

Lummi  Nation 68, Crosspoint 61

Lummi Nation            13          18        18        19—68

Crosspoint                    4          17        20        20—61

Lummi Nation: Jerome Toby 7, Tobias Francis 10, Mathias Johnson, Duncan Toby 25, Desmond Bailey, Richard Wilson 12, Tony Abrams, Tyran Lane 14.

Crosspoint: Sam Dykstra 3, Ross Wohlert 11, Ethan Walter 4, Blake Ellis 4, Thunderr Doty 15, Owen Wyatt 19, Noah Bryeans, Javin Zoolkoski, Bryce Baird, Zach Lamkin 5.


Saturday, Feb. 12

Play-in games

#6 Puget Sound Adventist 64, #11 Crescent 30 (loser out)

#7 Orcas Island 61, #10 Muckleshoot Tribal School 34 (loser out)

#5 Neah Bay 65, #12 Cedar Park Christian (Lynnwood) 25 (loser out)

#8 Grace Academy 53, #9 Sound Christian Academy 35 (loser out)

Tuesday, Feb. 15

First round

#3 Northwest Yeshiva 63, Puget Sound Adventist 51

#2 Lummi Nation 63, Orcas Island 51

#4 Mount Vernon Christian 58, Neah Bay 33

#1 Crosspoint 60, Grace Academy 42

Thursday, Feb. 17

Consolation round

Orcas Island 71, Puget Sound Adventist 70 (loser out)

Neah Bay 77, Grace Academy 67 (loser out)


Northwest Yeshiva 57, Lummi Nation 51

Mount Vernon Christian 61, Crosspoint 60

Saturday, Feb. 19

At Mount Vernon Christian

Consolation games

Neah Bay 59, Orcas Island 57 (winner fifth, loser sixth, both to state regionals)

Lummi Nation 68, Crosspoint 61 (winner third, loser fourth, both to state regionals)

Championship game

Northwest Yeshiva 57, Mount Vernon Christian 46 (winner first, loser second, both to state regionals)


Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26


At Spokane Arena

Wednesday-Saturday, March 2-5

Jim Carberry of Whatcom Hoops

Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.

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